Trying to catch Boehner in Binghamton

By Matt Hicks

August 6, 2013 Updated Aug 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Protestors were lined up outside the Number 5 restaurant awaiting the arrival of House Speaker John Boehner.

An employee of the restaurant confirms the high-ranking republican had reservations.

But Tuesday night he never showed up.

Instead, Boehner ended up dining at Cortese, according to Kyle Seeley, executive assistant to Binghamton's mayor.

Protestors with Citizen Action were hoping to catch Boehner to voice concerns about the hardships they say are being felt right here in the area, such as unemployment and hunger.

They said elected leaders like Boehner are out of touch and need to restore funding to programs like Meals on Wheels and Head Start, which they say hit too close to home.

"Instead of going to a dinner where you only talk to people who can afford $2,500, you need to come out on the street and see the pain your cuts are causing," said Mary Clark, regional director for Citizen Action of New York.

Clark also hopes for house action on the senate's comprehensive immigration reform, which would provide a road to citizenship for millions of unauthorized immigrants.

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